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Joel Frahm's May 1st release, We Used to Dance, places him in the company of master musicians Kenny Barron (piano), Rufus Reid (bass), and Victor Lewis (drums). Frahm more than holds his own in showing both the chops and lyricism that has made him an irreplaceable part of so many sessions in his two decades on the jazz scene. Surrounded by jazz legends, Frahm makes this recording a true “coming out party” for his maturing artistry. It is his most ambitious CD to date, featuring six of his original compositions that come to life in beautiful and variegated ways in the hands of this remarkable band

The Scrapper

Label: Cellar Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: The Scrapper; Critterbug; When Light Breaks; Mindfield; Unpresidented; Pyramid; Solar; On a Turquoise Cloud; Dinosaur Eggs.

Touch & Go

Label: Soliterra Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: What'll I Do; Wichita Lineman; The Man I Love; Make Believe; Leaves Of Absence; Help! ; I Could Get Used To This; The Way To You; Touch & Go; Where Is Love?; You Only Live Twice; Help! (Alternate Take).

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Susan Tobocman: Touch & Go

Read "Touch & Go" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

A glance at the song list presented here--some rather unique choices, for sure--could lead one to assume that this album warrants a listen. What really slams things home, however, are Susan Tobocman's exceptionally slick arrangements of said selections, her excellent vocal skills, and some fine solo playing. With Touch & Go Tobocman—a Detroit ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Susan Tobocman: Touch & Go

Read "Touch & Go" reviewed by Troy Dostert

A triple-threat musician with significant talent as a vocalist, composer and arranger, Susan Tobocman's path to jazz was an unconventional one. Her early interest in poetry led to a scholarship that took her from her hometown, Detroit, to New York, for study at Columbia University. That in turn led to an interest in musical theater, followed ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Vocalist, Composer, Lyricist Susan Tobocman Releases 'Touch & Go' July 31st On Soliterra Records

Vocalist, Composer, Lyricist Susan Tobocman Releases 'Touch & Go' July 31st On Soliterra Records

Touch & Go, the newest release by Susan Tobocman, is a showcase for the admired vocalist’s considerable talents as a composer, lyricist, and arranger. The album is a collection of Tobocman’s original compositions, well-known standards, and tunes off-the-beaten jazz track. This is Tobocman’s fourth CD as a leader and follows Love from Detroit (2019), Live from ...

Take Five with Itamar Shapiro

Read "Take Five with Itamar Shapiro" reviewed by Itamar Shapiro

Meet Itamar Shapiro Itamar Shapiro is an Israeli drummer based in New York City. He is a 2019 graduate of the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and over the years has played with world-renowned artists such as Sullivan Fortner, Joel Frahm and more. He played and recorded with his own groups and has performed ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2019: The Year in Jazz

Read "2019: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The year 2019 was robust in many ways. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage to Australia. An important but long-shuttered jazz mecca was revived in a coast-to-coast move. ECM Records celebrated a golden year. The music and its makers figured prominently on the big screen. The National Endowment for the Arts welcomed four new NEA ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Samuel Torres: Alegria

Read "Alegria" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

After delivering a politically-pointed statement in the form of Forced Displacement (Zoho Music, 2015), Colombian percussionist Samuel Torres most certainly could've doubled-down in that direction. There's no shortage of political turmoil across the globe these days, so that move would've been completely understandable. But, as Torres clearly understands, there's something to be said for the power ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Glafkos Kontemeniotis: Yugen

Read "Yugen" reviewed by Edward Blanco

The second album by Cypriot pianist and composer Glafkos Kontemeniotis, a native of New York City since 1988, presents eleven original compositions. This project is his tribute to the existence of beauty in the world, if one knows how to find it. Joining him on this journey are some of New York's elite players including saxophonist ...


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